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Pain, curiosity and strength are some of the qualities that reach beyond the lens and into the photographer’s and viewers’ mind after looking at the photos of women and children of Equatorial Guinea.
Luisa Paquet López from Gijon, Spain, took these powerful photos in August 2010.
López went to Equatorial Guinea to learn more about the country and the people who live there. When asked about the country, López said, “It's hard for me to talk about a country with such a ferocious regime and dictatorship where people I love live.”
She spoke in Spanish with CNN's Juan Munoz, who translated.
Equatorial Guinea, one of sub-Sahara's largest oil producers, has nominally been a constitutional democracy since 1991, according to the CIA World Factbook. But President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has been in power since 1979, is known as more of a dictator than a president by exerting total control over the government.
Equatorial Guinea is on corruption watchdog agency Transparency International’s top 12 list of the world’s most corrupt countries, according to the BBC. The country is also known as a destination for child trafficking for the purpose of forced labor and sexual exploitation.
López's report from Equatorial Guinea is one of the final countries left on our Global Challenge list. We still need to hear from just one more country, Nauru. If you've ever been to Nauru or you live there, share your story.